This last week or so has been very interesting.. lots of contrast! Lots of things to talk about!
First, I have been staying in Cedar Park, in my parent’s home. While they were visiting my sister in California, I was watching their dog, May. (They got back on Sunday.) I ordered my textbooks (!!) to be delivered to their house because where they live in relation to where I live (South Austin) is about 45 minutes of driving time and I knew I would be in Cedar Park when the semester started. (My classes are in Central Austin.) I am still waiting on two of my books to come (I have three out of five), so naturally, I am staying in Cedar Park until they arrive. Staying in my parent’s house brings back a lot of feelings from when I used to live with my parents. Some positive and some negative. Of course, it is easier to focus on the positive and ignore the negative, but the negative is still there. I am working on this. And soon enough my textbooks will arrive and I will go back to my apartment. Another reason why I am staying with them instead of driving back and forth is because I just got new car insurance with Progressive (!!) and they have a snapshot program where they monitor your driving for 30 days and will lower your rate based on your driving history! I want to save money.. car insurance is expensive! Weird, I just got major deja vu!
Second, I have been searching for a new job because I feel I am ready to move on from the one I have had for the last 15 months. I have not yet found a new one, but awesomely enough, I have been making more money at my current one the last few weeks! Wouldn’t it be nice if I found a new job where I made more money and it fit well with my school schedule?!
Third, I am well into my second month of no drugs or alcohol! It is going great! I love the clarity of mind! However, my “detox” of food has taken a different route. I have many positive associations with doing drug and alcohol detoxes. I have done them many times, for a few months at a time. I really, really enjoy the contrast. My relationship with food is a different one. I have had many negative associations with food in the past.. and that is just silly. Food is delicious, and good for you. All food is energy. About eleven days into my meat, veggies, and fruits only meal plan, I was having strong cravings for other foods. I immediately began associating these cravings with negative feelings, like guilt and gluttony. Why? That is no fun. I like having a positive relationship with food, so I stopped my meat, veggies, and fruits only mean plan and started eating whatever I want again. I am much happier because of it! No matter what I eat, I associate it with positive energy and positive thoughts. Who cares if I have toast with jam for breakfast instead of a grapefruit? I like both! I don’t have to limit myself to one over the other. They are both equally healthy because they are both giving my body energy to burn.
Fourth, my classes this semester are awesome! I was disappointed because the Friday before classes started I received an e-mail from ACC stating one of my classes had been cancelled due to low enrollment. I really wanted to take three classes this semester, but whatever, less stress. The classes I am taking are fantastic and reading-intensive anyways! I have five books for two classes (four for Philosophy and one for Business.. did I mention I rented all five of my textbooks for under $140 thanks to chegg.com and textbooks.com?)! I love reading and learning new things! My Philosophy of Ethics class is off the freaking chain! Haha, I love it so much! Philosophy is one of my favorite subjects. I love reading about all the different philosopher’s ideas about life and how and why it is the way it is. So fascinating! My Business Principles class, so far, has been a refresher of my other business courses I have had in the past. This is great because I am still waiting on my textbook for this class. I can’t wait to learn new things about the business world! I am so very grateful I am still in school!
Fifth, I love my new hairstyle more and more! It is such a change from the super long hair I used to have. Plus, some person has a gorgeous wig now made from my lovely locks thanks to Locks of Love! Haha. There are so many positives with cutting off my hair! I get so many compliments! Who doesn’t love being flattered?! No one, that’s who. (And I have been asked out on a few dates!) It makes me feel more my age and more confident with my self-image! I like getting up and styling it instead of just putting it up like I was doing my long hair! Short hair for the win!
Sixth, I am so in love with my new roommates! Molly is a great girl! She is so innocent and different from most of my friends! She is a new proud owner of her very own floral company, Magnolia Design and Events! So inspiring! Our apartment always has fresh flowers in it! A week ago she did two sorority events and it was so fun to help her create the arrangements for the rush banquets! Also, I love that she appreciates my business advice! She comes to me for my opinions on her business and her designs and it is so flattering that she really wants to know what I think and takes my thoughts into consideration when making her decisions! My other roommate, Tiffany, is awesome! I think we have a lot in common and we have good conversations about life and such! I am really enjoying getting to know her! Plus, both my roommates are clean and put up with my super organization! Haha. And the apartment is coming together in such a unique way! We are all putting our personal touches on the decor and it is making an interesting look! The other day I put up a star-shaped hanging lamp (a recycled gift that Jessica and Kelly got from Jessica’s mom, who then gave it to Kelly and Josh, who then gave it to me, haha) above our bar and it looks awesome!
Seventh, I love working out and feeling healthy! I can’t wait to get back to my apartment gym! My parents have an elliptical machine and a treadmill, but I find looking out over the apartment pool while working out much more enjoyable than staring at a blank wall. I appreciate my apartment gym so much more now!
Eighth, I am so grateful for my life and everything in it! There are so many things I could list! I have been keeping a list of things I am grateful for in one of my notebooks and I love referring to it! There are so many positive things going on in my life! I so enjoy the contrast so I can really appreciate all of what my life has in it! Wow, this post really lifted my spirits! I can see my mood get lighter from the top to bottom of what I just wrote! Can you see it? Love it! <3 <3 <3